Essay on Depression And Its Effects On Adolescent Depression

1856 Words Oct 13th, 2014 8 Pages
Everyone has days where they feel sad or upset. Usually those negative feelings subside after a short time. However if you have depression, it can alter aspects of your life. Of course, there are several types of depression. According to the online dictionary, depression means; “a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention”. Unfortunately there are some upsetting statistics when it comes to adolescent depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health States; “About 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18 according to the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Girls are more likely than boys to experience depression. The risk for depression increases as a child gets older. According to the World Health Organization, major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability among Americans age 15 to 44. Because normal behaviors vary from one childhood stage to another, it can be difficult to tell whether a child who shows changes in behavior is just going through a temporary “phase” or is suffering from depression.” ("Depression in Children and Adolescents (Fact Sheet)", 2014)

When being diagnosed with depression, doctors go by various criteria to see if you are depressed. If an individual is diagnosed with depression, they may pose symptoms that include; Frequent sadness, tearfulness, crying hopelessness, decreased interest in activities, low energy, social isolation, low…

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